A sheepish return to the blog as this newsletter comes a little later than anticipated. However, rest assured the reason for delay is all due to a staggeringly busy couple of months. With the London and Bologna book fairs, this is one of the most exciting times of the year but very much requires an ‘all hands on deck’ approach.
Anyway, it’s here now. I’ll let the newsletter speak for itself, so much exciting stuff. If you are having trouble with the link to Agency Newsletter: February 2017, scroll down for all of the articles.
Margaret Dickinson is a Top 10 smash hit!
The Queen of Saga returns with another bestselling novel. Daughters of Courage, the sequel to Top 10 bestseller The Buffer Girls, soared to No.9 after its first full week of sales.
This is Margaret’s 24th novel and second year in a row she has been a Sunday Times Bestseller. Her loyal readership got the chance to meet her at a number of signings which took place across the UK.
Margaret even made an appearance on BBC’s Bargain Hunt, discussing the legacy of the Buffer Girls of Sheffield and how they inspired her characters and their stories.
Margaret is highly regarded by everyone she works with for having an incredible work ethic and Darley Anderson has said, ‘She is the constant professional in everything she does. No one deserves success more than she does.’ We couldn’t agree more.
Congratulations Margaret, here’s to the many more successes to come.
The Breakdown is a UK bestseller
The hotly anticipated second novel from the international début sensation, B.A. Paris, has rocketed into the Bestsellers chart.
The Breakdown soared to No.11 on the Sunday Times Bestsellers, and also made a huge splash on iBooks going straight to No.1 and on Amazon’s Kindle Chart, as a No.6 bestseller. Since first appearing in the Kindle Top 20, The Breakdown has not dropped out!
We are so proud of our author and cannot wait to see what happens next!
DA Children’s Agency News
It’s been a fantastic month for the Children’s Agency. Three of our authors have been longlisted for Reading Rampage 2017. Polly Ho-Yen’s Where Monsters Lie, Kim Slater’s Smart and Vanessa Altin’s The Pomegranate Tree have all been chosen for the city wide event in Leicester which aims to promote Reading for Pleasure to children and young people.
And Dave Rudden’s Knights of the Borrowed Dark has won the Most Read Award at the SLA Great Reads Awards. Instead of a trophy, the students gave him a light bulb as a nod to one of the most memorable parts of the story.
Congratulations to all!
Catherine Steadman joins DA Agency
We are absolutely thrilled to welcome new talent Catherine Steadman to the Darley Anderson Agency! Her novel, Something In The Water, is an unpredictable and darkly funny début, with an utterly compelling voice.
Kate Miciak from Bantam Bell snapped up the US rights at auction and said, ‘From the opening sentence to its final gorgeous revelation, I was enthralled…I read the pages in one greedy gulp…and then couldn’t stop obsessing about it.’ Italian translation rights were pre-empted overnight and Swedish rights have already sold.
Catherine is a Laurence Olivier Award nominated actress and writer based in North London. She is known for her roles in Downton Abbey and Tutankhamun, starring alongside Sam Neill, as well as shows including The Inbetweeners and The Tudors.
Dangerous Lady returns
The first novel from the inimitable Martina Cole, Dangerous Lady, returns in a very special 25th anniversary hardback edition.
Over the course of her illustrious year, Martina has sold sixteen million print copies and 1.2 million e-books.
And Dangerous Lady was the book that started it all.
The Last Night takes Bronze
We are thrilled to announce that The Last Night by Cesca Major won the Bronze Award in the Historical Fiction category of TBC Charlie Awards. The Book Club is an online reading group made up of over 6500 compulsive readers and approximately 900 authors. Every year the TBC Charlie Awards celebrate the authors with prizes awarded in 16 different categories.
CWA Dagger in the Library
We are delighted to announce that Tana French has been longlisted for the prestigious Dagger in the Library Award for the CWA Daggers 2017!
The Dagger in the Library recognises the author’s entire body of work rather than just one book.